Sunday, July 31, 2016

Focused on Chicago (WW # 52)

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M - Rest
T -  Ran 5 MRP:
       (1 w/u and 4 @ 9:38)
W - Ran 6 Easy Miles
T -  Cycled 12 Miles (14.8 mph)
F -  Ran 5 Miles Progressive:
      (10:24 / 9:55 / 9:33 / 9:23 / 8:48)
S -  Waterskied  (2 x 15 miles)
       Swam 25 minutes
S -  Ran 16 Slow Miles



Total Miles Ran  = 32
Total Miles Cycled  = 12
Total Miles Waterskied = 30


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Weekly Highlights


I feel good about this week's marathon training.  I managed to pull my sluggish it's-all-I-can-do-to-move-in-this-heat pace down for a couple of runs.  My July mileage ended at 113.  This is the first month I've exceeded 100 miles since September 2015.  I'm usually treated to a pretty sunrise every morning at my mailbox.  Can you see the moon?



I won a fabulously fierce tank from 73threads!




I'm trying out the new Mizuno Catalyst shoes.




I got some much needed water therapy on Saturday.
PoPo later grilled delicious snapper from our June deep sea fishing trip.



Sunday's long run of 16 miles was OK.  Conquered.  The weather was the typical 75 degrees with 95% humidity at daybreak.  I expected nothing less.   Once again, I kept my Garmin 225 on the heart rate screen and completely ignored my pace.  I did even better this week in keeping my HR on the low end with an average of 151.   The only thing I could think about for the last few miles was a refreshing dip in the pool!  And well...what I was going to eat.  It would be a massive quantity, I was certain -- with copious amounts of coffee.



This week will be a cut-back week after increasing my long run for the past 3 weeks.  Yippee!

And that's a wrap!
 
Are you training in this heat?  Tell me how you cope!
 
 
Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?


 

88 comments:

  1. Your Chicago Marathon training is going so well! I'm really struggling with running this summer. I want to go but my legs don't! I did have 43 miles for the month, but I'm not at all happy with this. Hopefully when it cools off, I'll be able to up my miles and get ready for PCB!

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    1. I think the cooler weather will make a big difference for you. I hope the weather in PCB won't be humid. It can go either way at that time of year. And well, it is the coast.

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  2. Great job on your July miles! That is really impressive! I love your picture of you jumping in the pool. That is the best thing to be doing in this heat!

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    1. It's definitely the quickest way to immediately cool your body. And trust me, I needed a quick cooling off this morning. I was beginning to feel nauseous.

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  3. Great job on all those miles!! I am curious as to what you think about your new running shoes. I've been true to my Mizuno Wave Creations forever and ever. The only time I try new shoes is if I try a new Mizuno. That's so cool that you are running Chicago Marathon. I bet you're going to see/meet lots of online friends there as it seems like a lot of people are running. You're going to have a blast!

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    1. I've been very loyal to Mizuno Wave Inspires. These are slightly lower (only a 10mm drop as opposed to 12mm) and lighter. I've only run 5 miles in them but plan to add more this week.

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  4. I love your jumping into the pool pictures! We're never too old to be a kid at heart, are we?!

    Thanks, as always, for the linkup!

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    1. I am so eager for that jump when I get home! But, I have to make sure I've got all electronics off first. And of course someone available to capture the moment. HA!

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  5. Great mileage! How fantastic to get over 100 miles after your injury, especially in this heat.

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    1. I was very surprised to see my monthly mileage when I checked my Garmin. I've been steadily increasing but had no idea I was over 100. If all goes well, August & September should be that way too.

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  6. Great job on getting your training runs done during the heat of summer! I've been running during the humid mornings, but I'm kind of thinking about running later in the day for a change - even though I know that it will be hotter.

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    1. Sometimes I think it would feel cooler if I waited, but it's the only time I have on weekdays. The humidity would be lower and the wind picks up later in the day too.

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  7. Good job on your runs and getting in over 100 miles for July! My mileage for both June and July was way down thanks to the allergy mess I'm dealing with. I'm hoping August is better. Love your water pics!

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    1. I hope you can resolve your allergies issues soon and get those miles where you want them to be.

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  8. I definitely prefer sunrises. Congrats on the monthly mileage and a great week!

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    1. It's rare I catch a sunset, unless we are at the beach. Sometimes during certain times of the year, I'll see the most beautiful sunsets on the way home from work -- through my car windshield. Those don't count. LOL.

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  9. That's a fantastic sunrise! <3 I thinking running by HR is a great strategy for this weather. This weekend I ran with a friend and we chatted the whole way. Yes, our pace was slower than usual but we got it done!

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    1. Well "they" say you make the most gains with your endurance when you keep it lower on long runs. I'm trying very hard to see if that pays off.

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  10. Conquered is the prefect description for a long run in July in the south. Good job getting it DONE! :)

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    1. You know how it feels! You just do whatever it takes to make it happen. I swear I'll get teary eyed on the first nippy run of fall.

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  11. We are finally getting a break from the heat with a few cool days & a LOT of rain -- which we need -- but it makes dealing with Lola & Bandit tricky.

    I get tired just reading everything you did! And how I wish I had a pool. We've had such a hot summer, I would've put it to good use! I could see the moon in your photo, btw.

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    1. We've not had our usual afternoon thunderstorms of late. We need rain now. Pools can be very aggravating and only used a short time each year (unless you fork out the money for a heated one). But, when it's hot there is nothing better.

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  12. Love the sunrise pic! I've really been enjoying the sunrises here. Every one this past week has been pink and so pretty! Great week training, and nice monthly mileage!

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    1. I feel like it's a special treat just for me. It's rare that anybody else is out and about that early to enjoy it.

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  13. What a great month of training. I don';t know how you do it in the heat. Kudos to you. That pool is so inviting. We've had a hot summer so far.

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    1. I don't remember it being this hot last summer...but it probably was. It always is.

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  14. WoW!! That's major mileage...I think your July mileage is more than my June and July combined. Yowza!! I can't say if I like sunrises more or sunsets...both are beautiful ;-)

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    1. The only time I typically catch a sunset is on my way home from work in the fall. And, it's just not where I want to be seeing it -- through the windshield of my car.

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  15. Your marathon training is going so well! Great job on your June miles! I usually enjoy sunrises more than sunsets, although sunsets are beautiful also.

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    1. I was a little shocked to realize how quickly my mileage rose over the 100 mark.

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  16. Great job on your marathon training! It would be cool to see you in Chicago! Congrats on 100+ July miles! Those shoes look cool! Way to keep your heart rate low! Hope you have a great week ahead!

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    1. I haven't made my Chicago plans yet. I need to get busy! I hope I get a chance to do some sightseeing too since I've never visited.

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  17. Wow, youre really putting in some miles in the heat- nice job!!! I ran outside for the first time in over a month this weekend and it was definitely hot and humid. Hope you got to enjoy your food and coffee aftee the run!

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    1. I bet it was a big of a shocker to run outside right now. It has taken me a while to get become acclimated...if that's what you call it.

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  18. I just had a cutback week and have to admit it felt divine! My legs are feeling to rested and refreshed, I had such a speedy run yesterday! Enjoy your cutback week! I love the tank you won with the skull on it, it looks pretty badass!
    Great job with your July miles, July and August are the toughest months for me to run in, they are so HOT!

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    1. I'm so glad July is behind us with only one more tough month to go! I'm counting the days.

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  19. Great job on your runs...oh man, even when we know the heat is going to be awful it's still tough. I can't believe I'll be running 16 miles at some point! I need to waterski...it looks so much fun!

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    1. I try to focus on different things - like my heart rate and taking different routes in my neighborhood. Anything to take my mind off the heat. You'll be running 16 miles before you know it!

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  20. I actually ran outside Saturday morning, early, and stuck to the shade. I was still pretty sweaty when I was done, but I brought a towel to sit on so I wouldn't get my car sweaty.

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    1. On a long, hot run I typically lose between 5-7 pounds. And I drink a lot! It's really pretty amazing.

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  21. Love that cannonball shot! We spent some time on the lake this weekend too- even the water is warm! You got a lot of miles in- we are definitely sweating our way right thru this summer!

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    1. Yeah - our lake water is close to 90. I guess we will survive this summer, just like the last one. I always forget how hot it feels!

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  22. I'm not really training for much right now, but I've been doing my best to run outside once or twice a week. I've been doing a lot more trail running which means extra shade and a different set of paces to strive for.

    Love that tri-athlete tank! So cute, but also kind of fierce!

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    1. I wish we had nice trails to run close by. It's just more convenient to hit the pavement anyway. Isn't that a cute tank?

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  23. Great job on your mileage for this month!!! I've been doing most of my runs on the treadmill. We've had a few HOT days and then on the days that it hasn't been too hot I get out too late the day that the sun is unbearable.

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    1. I gave my treadmill away. It bothered an old Achilles injury I had. Now I have no choice but to hit the streets. And my Achilles is never aggravated!

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  24. yay for water therapy!!!!I am so envious of your time on the skis!!!
    GREAT job on the mileage and way to conquer that 16 miler in this humidity and heat!!! no doubts you will be more than ready for Chicago!!!!!

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    1. I can only hope that the weather is cool for Chicago and my hot weather training pays off in spades!

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  25. I love that triathlete shirt! It's so cute. Way to go with the training :) I agree that the only way I'm able to cope with the Summer heat is just try and forget about pace and just get the miles in any way I can.

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    1. I was thrilled to win that tank. They let me pick the color too (which is charcoal).

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  26. Sounds like a good week of training! Way to get over 100 miles for the month! What a cool tank you won from 73 threads! Also love your shoes! Love the bright colors! Enjoy your cutback week!

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    1. I'm enjoying the shoes. I still have only run short distances in them since they do have a different mm drop. I need to be cautious.

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  27. congrats on your amazing week. I miss being in training so am living through you all!!! :-)

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    1. You'll get back to training when the time is right. And I know you aren't slacking!

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  28. Your Triathlete shirt is amazing! I need a shirt like that in my life!

    and I loved your cannonball picture!

    excellent week in training for you!

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    1. I thought the shirt was pretty darn amazing. There shirts are so soft too!

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  29. Go Holly! What a beast week :) The humidity and heat is the gift that just keeps giving even though i wish it wouldn't lol As long as you conquered it, you are doing fine!
    I love the new shoes and the new tank!
    You finished July very strong - well done.

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    1. I'd rather exchange that glorious gift! Maybe I'll feel fierce if I wear that tank on my next long run.

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  30. Glad your training is going well and you got your runs in as well as some water skiing! Looks like that is the ideal way to cross train if you're near a body of water :). I like your triathlete shirt and your Mizuno shoes- I don't wear Mizuno much anymore but the colors of those are really cute!

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    1. Mizuno has worked well for me in the past. However, this style is a little lighter and has a smaller heel toe drop.

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  31. You are superhuman running in that weather! Great week!

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    1. I'm just doing what I have to do. There aren't other options for me.

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  32. I am barely coping in the heat! I don't want to wish summer away, so I'm trying to grin and bear it -- and understand my paces will be slower! I suppose I prefer sunsets because I'm rarely up early enough for a summer sunrise! ;) Ask me again in winter -- I do a much better job waking up for those! ha

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    1. Embrace the humidity has been my summer mantra. As well as...you can do hard things.

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  33. I actually like the heat, but we really need some rain. I love the colors on your Mizunos!

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    1. We need rain too. Our typical afternoon thunderstorms have dried up lately.

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  34. I like your approach of focusing on your heart rate and ignoring your pace. I'm thinking I need to give that a try to get through the August runs. New shoes are always fun - great colors! How do you like them?

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    1. It's the only way I can cope PLUS that's what "they" say we should be doing anyway. So far so good with the shoes, but I'm only up to 6 miles at one time.

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  35. Nice job on the hot 16 miler. I would be thinking about the pool and food as well! Great week!

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    1. All of my long runs will me in this heat, unfortunately. I do hope the weather is cooler in Chicago for the race!

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  36. I love your picture of you jumping in the pool. Thanks for your post Sakura Beauty

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  37. Way to go with the 16 miler. Slow and steady was definitely the right approach for your long run.

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    1. In this heat, that is the only way to go.

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  38. Wow, nice week! You got some great mileage in.

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    1. I can only hope my plan will get me across that finish line in October!

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  39. What a solid week/month! Cute tank! It is tough coping in this heat and humidity, I tend to slow down the pace and take walking water breaks when needed.

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    1. I keep telling myself the heat won't last forever and just get through August one step at a time.

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  40. I am all about the sunrise! Mostly cause the rest of my family are asleep and it is MY time. As you know!
    You didn't tell me about your new Mizuno's what do you think? I love the colors do they compare at all out our beloved inspire 9's? Please say they do! I'll be in need of some new ones come this fall and I'd love to get back to this brand!

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    1. The heel toe drop is slightly lower than the Inspires (10 vs 12). They are also lighter but otherwise feel about the same. I haven't run really long mileage in them yet. I'm a little afraid of that.

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  41. Early morning runs are my best heat survival tactic! Way to push through, Holly 🙌 And your triathlon tank is so hardcore!

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    1. Isn't that the cutest tank! I can't believe how soft their shirts are either.

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  42. Great photo of the crescent moon to highlight your July total mileage! Love both sunrise and sunsets - I took in the view of a beautiful sunrise while we were camping in Tahoe. Great job on your marathon training.

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    1. I bet you did see great sunrises in Tahoe! I'd like to visit there.

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  43. Yahoo for your July mileage! Love the pic of the sunrise/moon :)
    I loved your jumping in the pool pic on instagram! A perfect way to end a long run in this heat!

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    1. I was very surprised to see my July mileage. I checked and rechecked! The pool jump was silly, but fun!

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  44. 95% humidity, I bet that pool was the greatest way to end the run for sure! Great job on getting the 16 miles in!
    Love the lake picture! I've been more of a lake/boating gal this summer than I have in the past and I have to say I'm loving it, and the deep tan, LOL LOL
    I got online too late this week to link up, summer has just gotten too busy for me. Definitely will get better at linking up starting next month for sure!
    Hope you're having another fun week and get more skiing time in that beautiful water!!!

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    1. No worries. It's much harder to blog in the summer! I am not posting nearly as often. I love that you've been boating this summer. Nothing better!

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